My name is Jonnell and I’m excited to be joining the Harmons’ team as the dietitian for the Bangerter Crossing store. I look forward to sharing my knowledge of nutrition and enthusiasm for great food with you, both through this blog and through workshops and classes in the coming months.
As I am writing this blog, I am thinking about how much I love this time of year with all the different fruits and vegetables that are in season. There is nothing like a juicy piece of watermelon on a hot summer day or a salad made with beautifully ripe tomatoes. You may have already known that tomatoes are a great source of lycopene, but did you know that watermelon has as much lycopene as raw tomato? Lycopene is an antioxidant that may help reduce the risk of heart disease and prostate cancer. In addition to being great sources of lycopene, both watermelon and tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of vitamin A.
So enjoy the taste of summer with a slice of watermelon or a beautiful red tomato and reap some health benefits at the same time!